Author Archives: Mike Pruden

Column: Perfectly incorrect college football predictions

The College Football Playoff proved to be everything we had hoped it would be last year. It earned Ohio State a national championship that they otherwise wouldn’t have even played for, and the Buckeyes dominated. The question heading into this season is: Can anybody dethrone the Bucks? I must admit, I’m not as up to… Continue Reading

Broncs host Kelly Walsh in home opener Friday

SHERIDAN — Sheridan High School head football coach Don Julian said that the Broncs are going to have to put an emphasis on Kelly Walsh’s quarterback Friday when the Trojans come to Scott Field. Despite Sheridan’s dominating win over Laramie last weekend and Kelly Walsh’s lopsided 49-19 loss to Gillette, Julian expects to see a… Continue Reading

Generals win home opener

SHERIDAN — After the Sheridan College women’s soccer team suffered a tough 6-0 loss to Utah State University-Eastern Thursday, the SC men ended the day on a high note with a 3-2 win over the Golden Eagles. The Generals took control of the game early and, other than a couple of lapses defensively, dominated the… Continue Reading

Broncs ready to start season in Laramie Friday

SHERIDAN — Eliminating distractions: That’s the goal for the Sheridan Broncs football team in their season opener Friday. With two and a half weeks of practice filled with two-a-days, conditioning and skill workouts, the Broncs are itching to get on the field and up to game speed. Sheridan will kick off the season on the… Continue Reading

Column: Kicking off fall sports season

We’re back. After a stressful and hectic week of compiling season previews and snapping team photos — check our Fall Sports Guide in Thursday’s paper — yesterday was the first of nine-plus Tuesdays where I meet with Don Julian to discuss the upcoming Sheridan High School football game. Fall sports season has officially begun. I… Continue Reading

Athletes help bring treatment of concussions to forefront

Athletes help bring treatment of concussions to forefront

SHERIDAN — The sports world is an ever-changing place. Athletes are growing and developing, transforming into machines as they further their skill sets in their respective sport. Rules and regulations continue to be modified to fit the fast-paced advancements of the athletes and games. The fall-winter-spring-summer seasons of yesteryear have melted into a goo of… Continue Reading

SRD board approves candidates, filling two vacant positions

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Recreation District is close to filling the two vacant program supervisor positions. The SRD board met Wednesday and approved the recommendations of SRD Executive Director Richard Wright and board member Ann Perkins of the two applicants. Although the names weren’t released because the two candidates weren’t contacted until the board’s approval,… Continue Reading

Column: The most important trophies we can earn

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is old school. He’s tough as nails, one of those guys you hate but would love to have on your team. It’s no surprise that a guy like that expects his kids to be equally as tough. He probably feeds them nuts and bolts for breakfast. But when it became… Continue Reading

Column: Progression is important

The good old days, back when sports were good, right? That’s what your grandpa will say, at least. There’s a disconnect between young sports fans and fans of old. When I wrote about my distaste for baseball, it wasn’t to bash the sport. It was part of that disconnect — one that comes from lack… Continue Reading

Column: Tom Brady’s pants are on fire

You can’t get enough of Tom Brady and deflated footballs right now, can you? Just as soon as it starts to let up, it picks up again, and I’m starting to believe it’s never going to end. I’d love to see a Photoshopped picture of Brady atop that big white beast from “The Neverending Story.”… Continue Reading

Troopers stay alive at state tournament

SHERIDAN — Ask, and you shall receive. After up-and-down pitching resulted in a Sheridan Troopers loss to open the American Legion AA state baseball tournament Tuesday, head coach Ben Phillips wasn’t sure he had enough arm strength in his bullpen to gut out another nine-inning game. But Quinton Brooks threw a complete game in Wednesday’s… Continue Reading

Column: Adding moats to the outfield

I’m a known baseball hater. My baseball playing and loving friends will never stop trying to convince me the greatness of the game, but it’s just not working. Maybe I’m just trolling them. I mean, baseball is OK. It has its moments. But America’s pastime has become just that: a thing of the past. I… Continue Reading

Shrinking bullpen hurts Troopers in state tourney

SHERIDAN — Arms. The Sheridan Troopers just don’t have enough of them. And the ones they do have aren’t quite strong enough. When Sheridan’s starting pitcher Jeffrey Shanor hit the sixth inning last night against the Casper Oilers, he didn’t have enough gas left in the tank. Holding onto a 7-4 lead, Shanor walked the… Continue Reading

Wreckers dominate Rapid City in first ever home bout

Wreckers dominate Rapid City in first ever home bout

SHERIDAN — It was hot, it was crowded and it was action-packed. The Wild West Wreckers hosted their first ever home roller derby bout Saturday at Sheridan Junior High School, and most importantly, it was successful. Wreckers coach Alisa Brantz, or Captain Perk as she’s known in the rink, said that the goal for the… Continue Reading

Panamanian pride

Panamanian pride

SHERIDAN — The Pedro Rivas Wikipedia page isn’t very long. In fact, it’s one sentence. It’s what that sentence reads, though, that is important. “Pedro Rivas is a Panamanian former basketball player who competed in the 1968 Summer Olympics.” Sure, there is a laundry list of Olympic basketball players from all over the world. However,… Continue Reading

Troopers can’t hang with Roughriders in 14-1 loss

SHERIDAN — The woes continued for the Sheridan Troopers last night in a 14-1 loss at the hands of the Gillette Roughriders. The Troopers suffered a 15-1 loss to Cheyenne Tuesday night in a game that included 16 walked batters and just two hits for Sheridan. The numbers weren’t as drastic last night, but the… Continue Reading

Troopers walk 16 in 15-1 loss to Cheyenne Post 6

SHERIDAN — By the time Kris Clark stepped off the mound for the Sheridan Troopers last night at Thorne-Rider Stadium, he had walked three batters and given up five runs. Kris Clark is a first baseman. Troopers coach Ben Phillips was forced to bring Clark to the mound in the seventh inning after his first… Continue Reading

Column: Courage is not a competition

ESPN hosted the dreaded ESPY Awards last week. It’s the yearly gala that showcases the entertainment world over the sports world while the program ironically and simultaneously tries to convince the world that they showcase sports over entertainment. They bring in a tries-too-hard comedian to host the show — this year was Joel McHale, last… Continue Reading

Rec. District to consider fee increases

SHERIDAN — As the Sheridan Recreation District Board sat down Thursday evening to approve the 2015-16 budget, there was really only one cause for concern. The $1.2 million budget was approved, but SRD Business Manager Rich Bridger had factored in an estimated mill levy that may be more than they actually receive. The board discussed… Continue Reading

Antelope Butte events differ from Bighorn Trail Run

SHERIDAN — Even if you don’t know Michelle Maneval personally or recognize her name, you’re probably well aware of the things that she’s a part of, mainly, the Bighorn Mountain Wild and Scenic Trail Run. The Trail Run, her bread and butter, has grown to one of the most popular ultramarathons in the country. The… Continue Reading

Column: A league of her own

This is one of the worst sports times of the year. The NBA season ended a month ago and the excitement of free agency has pretty much fizzled out. We’re still a couple months out from football of any kind, and baseball is drudging through the summer. It’s a rough time to be a sports… Continue Reading

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